Kelly and Drummond Win Hardware; 50K Player’s Championship Underway

Matt Glantz heads into Day 2 of the $50,000 Player's Championship as the chip leader

Matt Glantz heads into Day 2 of the $50,000 Player’s Championship as the chip leader (Photo Credit: Drew Amato)

Sunday was a great day at the 2014 World Series of Poker. Bracelets were awarded in the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max, and $1,500 Limit Hold’em. Three other events were underway, as well, including; Day 2 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, and Day 1 of both the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em and $50,000 Eight Game Player’s Championship.

$50,000 Player’s Championship

Day 1 of the $50,000 Player’s Championship got underway on Sunday, drawing a field full of familiar faces all vying for their chance to win the first place prize, and Chip Reese memorial trophy.

The event drew a crowd of 84 entries on Sunday, but late registration will still continue into Monday. The tournament included a ton of notable names, including, but not limited to: Matt Glantz, David Benyamine, Eli Elezra, Daniel Negreanu, David Chiu, Shaun Deeb, Joe Hachem, Allen Kessler, David Oppenheim, Brian Rast, Michael Mizrachi, Robert Mizrachi, Erick Lindgren, Brian Hastings, Jason Mercier, Jonathan Duhamel, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, and Vanessa Selbst.

Almost the entire field consisted of notable players, and understandably so, considering the tournament is known for drawing only the best. One of those players was Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu is known for his proficiency in mixed games, and talked about how he felt about this particular tournament.

“It’s my favorite event, I think it’s the true test of overall poker skill, more so than any other event in the world.”

Unfortunately, Negreanu lost a huge no limit hand and a bunch of pots after that, to finish the day with 108,500.

Matt Glantz has been cashing a lot at this year’s World Series, with five cashes coming into the event, he is currently the chip leader at the end of Day 1 with 324,700.

Glantz acquired most of his chips from knocking Vanessa Selbst out of the tournament. She was the first to go after getting involved in a hand where Glantz four-bet her from the button with AQ, while Selbst made the call from the hijack holding QQ. The flop came down KJ8, and Glantz fired out a bet that was less than half the pot. Selbst made the call and the T hit the turn. Glantz checked, and Selbst shoved her remaining stack. Glantz quickly made the call with his flush and Selbst was sent to the rail as the first bust-out of the tournament.

The event is to last a total of five days, and play begins again on Monday at 2 pm.

Top ten chip counts

  1. Matt Glantz – 324,700
  2. Dylan Linde – 303,700
  3. Richard Ashby – 300,000
  4. Shaun Deeb – 282,600
  5. Alex Luneau – 273,900
  6. Ismael Bojang – 271,400
  7. Matthew Ashton – 263,800
  8. Michael Mizrachi – 254,900
  9. David Benyamine – 246,300
  10. Dan Heimiller – 245,800

$5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max

Michael Drummond took down the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max on Sunday. The day brought back 13 players all ready to fight for the bracelet and $541,747 first place prize money. Phil Laak came into the day as the chip leader with 1,087,000. However, Laak made the final table but, was the first one out in sixth place for $66,918. Another notable mention at the final table was Kory Kilpatrick, who recently won a bracelet in the $3,000 No Limit Shootout. Kilpatrick finished in third for 217,113.

This is Drummond’s first bracelet, and first six figure cash of his career.

$1,000 No Limit Hold’em

Ari Engel ended Day 1 of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em with a top stack on Sunday, after closing out the day with 98,700 chips.

The event brought in 1,841 total entrants, and generated a prizepool of $1,656,600, with $306,634 being allocated to first place.

The day began at 12 pm, and had some notable bust-outs before the nights end, including; Kara Scott, Dennis Phillips, Kathy Liebert, Greg Raymer, and Eric Baldwin.

However, some notables did make Day 2, which were: Max Pescatori, Jason Wheeler, Andrew Rennhack, Christian Harder, and Faraz Jaka.

Top ten chip counts

  1. Jonathan Bodden – 145,000
  2. Loren Klein – 122,800
  3. Lily Kiletto – 100,000
  4. David Schaerf – 99,300
  5. Ari Engel – 98,700
  6. Cuong Tran – 96,400
  7. Eugene Curzio – 96,100
  8. Valentino Konakchiev – 92,000
  9. Knut Berntsen – 91,900
  10. Jason Helder – 88,500

$1,500 Limit Hold’em

Dan Kelly was victorious in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em on Sunday. The day began with 9 players returning for the final table, including; David Chiu, who came into the final table with the second most chips, Brandon Shack-Harris, and Jeff Lisandro. Kelly came into the day as the chip leader, and collected $195,167 for his first place finish.

This is Kelly’s fifth cash of the 2014 World Series, and his second lifetime bracelet win. His first win was back in 2010 when he won the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max.

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em

Day 2 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em began on Sunday at 1 pm, and brought back 217 players, from the 1,914 that came out at noon on Saturday. Unfortunately, only 198 players could make the money, leaving 19 who came up short, including; Marcel Vonk (217th), and Erick Lindgren (214th). A few notables made the money, however, such as; Ben Yu (179th), Shawn Buchanan (156th), Jeff Madsen (140th), Max Silver (83rd), Loni Harwood (45th), and Yevgeniy Timoshenko (44th).

By the end of the day, 15 players remained to head into Day 3.

Top ten chip counts

  1. Brandon Ageloff – 1,007,000
  2. Ray Foley – 993,000
  3. Jason Johnson – 779,000
  4. Jordan Morgan – 773,000
  5. Joseph Iarussi – 764,000
  6. Mark Wilds – 700,000
  7. Vinny Pahuja – 572,000
  8. Bryan Dillon – 560,000
  9. Robert Chorlian – 492,000
  10. Roberto Romanello – 458,000

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